Story & Study

Story & Study: “Big Boost” by N. E. Chenier

I’m going to be changing this puppy up a bit as I’ve had more and more markets asking for my platform.  Okay, eek.  I find blogging rather exhibitionist and have a really hard time updating something as brief as Twitter.  On top of that, at this stage of mommy-hood, I have to squeak in my […]

Story & Study: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky

The nominees for the Nebula Awards are up. The winners will be announced in May, but until then, there is a great lineup of reading to be done.  Rachel Swirsky is on the list with her short “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” published by Apex Magazine. This piece dances on the edge of […]

Story & Study: “All Upon a Time” by Dani Atkinson

Back after a long hiatus. Let’s jump right in with some more free spec-fic from Daily Science Fiction. I’m a huge fan of re-imagining fairy tales.  Originally fairy tales, with their oral transmission, evolved with the teller, the audience and the times.  Print came along and standardized the fairy tales we read today.  On the […]

Poem & Study: My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

I mentioned that before that flash fiction takes some getting used to because of its resemblance to poetry, so I thought I’d throw a poem into the mix.  This one comes from one of my favorites: Robert Browning.  His specialty is the dramatic monologue, with faulty narrators inspiring dramatic irony in spades.  “My Last Duchess” epitomizes the […]

Story and Study: Ej-Es by Nancy Kress

About ten years ago, the anthology Stars inspired several well-knowns to write stories based on Janis Ian songs. Janis Ian is a SF writer herself, calling SF the “jazz of prose”.  There are many gems in the anthology, but one of my favorites comes from Nancy Kress, who wrote “Ej-Es”, a heart-wrenchingly unique take on the […]

Story and Study: Ponies by Kij Johnson

Another flash piece, “Ponies” earned Kij Johnson the Nebula Award for 2010 (one of several).  You can find it here, on Tor’s website.  With character names like TopGirl and TheOtherGirls, it reads like a simple allegory, but it’s an allegory that delivers a gut-punch. It would be easy to write this one off as another […]

Story and Study: Freefall by Eric James Stone

Daily Science Fiction gives us a bounty of free specfic.  Subscribers (again, free!) get daily stories sent to their email box: four flash fiction pieces Monday-Thursday, and on Friday a longer piece to see us through the weekend.  Other readers can find the pieces a week later on the website.  Michele-Lee Barasso and Johnathon Laden […]

Story and Study: Articles of a Personal Nature, by Deborah Coates

“Articles of a Personal Nature” can be found on Deborah Coates’ author blog, here. “Tracking is about communication, decision-making, and memory. Tracking is reading your dog. It’s recognizing your place and holding firmly to it. It’s totally and completely about trust and communication. The official objective of a tracking test is to demonstrate a dog’s […]